Ferocious Facts About The Godfather Of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne

British rock star Ozzy Osbourne was born on December 3, 1948, and by the early 1970s, he burst onto the rock scene like a bat out of hell as Black Sabbath’s frontman. Following his departure from the band, Osbourne went to have a successful career as a solo artist while turning his unique persona into a thing of legend.

Osbourne, often referred to as the Godfather of Heavy Metal, has earned much of his attention because of his ferocious public shenanigans that have almost always pushed boundaries. Although he’s a musician, fans grew to love Osbourne even more, thanks to his family’s hit TV reality show. Before all that, he was just a kid from Birmingham, England. Here’s the story of heavy metal’s king of darkness.

His Real Name is John Michael And The Nickname Ozzy Didn’t Come Until His Youth

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Born to a working-class family, John Michael Osbourne was the fourth of sixth children. The nickname “Ozzy” didn’t come into play until he entered elementary school.

During his high school years, the future musician struggled with dyslexia which led to low grades that ultimately prompted Osbourne to leave school altogether.